October 4th, 2004

little review

Poem for Monday

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Have spent an afternoon at the Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian and having California Tortilla with my husband's parents (it has come to my attention that some people perceive "in-laws" as an insult, whereas I thought of it merely as a brief descriptive phrase; what should I call them?) At any rate I enjoy their company and we had a nice day. Other than baseball, the theme for the day was volcanoes, which now makes me vaguely uneasy as the news is reporting that Mount St. Helens may blow her top tomorrow; hope everyone has moved to a safe distance and there aren't tons of ash in the air.

We first saw the exhibit on the excavation, exploration and restoration of the Roman seaside resort of Stabiae, which was destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 in the same eruption that covered Pompeii. Then, because it's a favorite of my younger son, we went through the minerals and gems exhibit upstairs, which exits through the geology section of the museum containing two exhibits on volcanoes and earthquakes. There's a running readout on quakes around the globe so we were all aware that the Pacific Northwest was shaking.

We also went through the baseball exhibit -- our reason for being there -- and while there was a lot of neat memorabilia, including letters from Babe Ruth to kids, collectibles from the Negro Leagues and Jim Palmer in his underwear, who puts together an exhibit on baseball as American myth without any of Walt Whitman's articles from his career as a sports reporter? It did put me in the mood for baseball in Washington, though, particularly since the Redskins seem to be tanking even with resident messiah Joe Gibbs back in DC.

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In other news I watched Boston Legal, because how could I resist, with William Shatner and Rene Auberjonois both on the series? I should note that I loathed Ally McBeal and watched exactly one episode of The Practice: the one on which Louise Fletcher guest-starred. This is not really my sort of humor and I can't stand women written like the ones on this series -- pretty much without exception -- but it's always great fun watching Shatner be Shatner (I love a man who says things like Collapse ) And any Auberjonois appearance, especially when he's telling off Shatner, is delightful. Plus there were showtunes. Still a tossup whether I'll ever watch it again...